With increasing heat, our desire to take a shower every hour increases too. We prefer taking long leisurely showers, and that is probably the worst thing we can do to the environment.
The relationship between water and climate has always been significant and day by day this relationship is falling out of shape. Since the Industrial Revolution, carbon levels have increased 2.5 times to more than 400 parts per million at present, said Michael Freilich, Director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, in a call with reporters Thursday. That is higher than it has been in the last 400,000 years.
As the earth’s temperature continues to rise, we can expect a significant impact on our fresh water supplies with the potential for devastating effects on these resources. As temperatures increase, evaporation increases, sometimes resulting in droughts. The US is currently in one of the most severe, multi-state, multi-year droughts in decades.
In addition, rising temperatures are melting glacial ice at an unprecedented rate. Glaciers are an important source of freshwater worldwide, and some, like those at Glacier National Park, are in danger of disappearing within the 21st century. Once these glaciers have melted away, they can’t be restored. Areas that previously depended on glaciers for freshwater will then have to seek other sources.
Did you know every year 2.7 billion people experience water scarcity each year?
With increasing carbon footprint, the shortage of water is bond to increase even more in till 2025. 68% of carbon footprint is generated while water filtration due to the amount of electricity used for the process is very high.
How can we save water?
Answer is quite simple. Every day the amount of water wasted after our showers and other daily activities needs to be taken under control. Water your garden early morning so the water does not get absorbed. Make sure there is no leakage in your pipeline. Such small steps in our daily life can help us save environment. Add organic matter and use efficient watering systems for shrubs, flower beds and lawns. Adding organic material to your soil will help increase its absorption and water retention. Install a rain barrel at your house. Rainwater harvest is a great way to keep your plants hydrated without turning on the hose or sprinkler.
These small initiatives taken by every individual can lead us towards a better future. One such initiative taken by ICCE is Green (R)evolution that aims to spread awareness about the climate change problem. Join us to save the environment.